The Allure of the West

2018-07-04

From CtB, Happy Fourth of July. For today’s article, Excl and James Michael Kenney-Prentiss team up to bring you the following meditation on LeBron’s move west, to the city of angels. The West – majestic, mysterious, beckoning – beckoning all would-be adventurers with promises of gold, of glory, of the indefinable, yet desirable. The allure has captured many an imagination, and has spurred some of the greatest triumphs and saddest…

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Podcast Episode 178: LeBrexit

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2018-07-02

Well… LeBron James is gone. Again. To process this new reality… Nate, Tom, Eli and EG commiserated in the podcast booth. We discuss why we think it happened, who’s to blame, whether it was a basketball or lifestyle move, if the Lakers are now contenders, what happens now with the future of the Cavs, and how this move affects LeBron’s ultimate legacy. So, all in all a pretty cheery listen….

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Recap: Free Agency Fallout (or, Unfinished Business)

2018-07-01

The theme of the NBA’s annual mad free agent dash this year was equal parts fast… and, “hey, not so fast.” News unsurprisingly started to leak out as much as an hour leading up to midnight… however, surprisingly (well, at least to Brian Windhorst and the folks on ESPN’s The Jump) the first big domino of the night not only decided to stay where he was, but did so with…

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LeBron James and His Decision: Ignorance, Knowledge, and The Absurd

2018-06-28

With the second LeBron James in Cleveland free agency decision looming, let’s all take a deep breath and take a journey through how to deal with ignorance, how we attain knowledge, and what to do in the face of this absurd situation.  LeCision 3.0 What will LeBron decide? Do you know? Does LeBron even know? If you pay attention to the fever pitch that is sports journalism, you are currently…

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The Case Against Tyronn Lue

2018-06-27

Ladies and Gentlemen of our CtB jury, JMKP and JMay bring you the following case against our oft-maligned head coach. This dynamic duo shall lay out their case with a series of one-two punches. The charges presented shall be harsh. Yet, Lady Justice shall stand omnipresent in this proceeding — and it shall be up to you, our CtB jury, to judge accordingly.  The Cavs need to relieve Tyronn Lue…

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NBA Draft 2018 Podcap: Adding A Young Bull

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2018-06-22

After a slight flurry of activity early in the NBA Draft Lottery, the Cavaliers wound up with the guy they claim they were most impressed with from the start… Alabama guard Collin Sexton. If you were worried about the mixed reviews on Trae Young… he was gone by the fifth pick (to Dallas… who traded him to the Hawks for Luka Doncic). If you had doubts about Michael Porter Jr.’s…

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Live Thread: 2018 NBA Draft (#DoYouFeelIt?)

2018-06-21

I’ll admit it… my heart’s just not in this draft. Not because there aren’t a ton of terrific young prospects to choose from, even at the 8th spot where the Cavaliers find themselves… but because I’m finding it hard to enjoy it with the ever-present spectre of another LeBron James “decision” looming over it. With such a disparate group of players potentially available (from bigs to smalls to every swing…

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Kleos: LeBron James, Cleveland, and Immortality

2018-06-19

Something happened on that night of Game Seven that was greater than ourselves. We attained kleos. The same kind of kleos that Achilles and Leonidas and others in Ancient Greece strove for… Even after generations of Clevelanders have come and gone, nothing shall extinguish or diminish our triumph in that fateful clash of titans.

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LeOptions: The LeBron James 2018 Free Agency Explainer

2018-06-14

Editor’s Note: Please welcome long time commenter, Excl, who is offering his first post on LeBron’s options (from a mostly fit and team construction standpoint) in free agency. Well, the off-season we’ve all dreaded is upon us, and the Lebron Free Agency feeding frenzy is in full-effect. Rather than rant and scream about how we know what is going to happen, let’s dive into the numbers and facts and see what…

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Podcast Episode 176: A lotta ins, lotta outs, lotta what-have-you’s…

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2018-06-14

Well, it’s a complicated case you know… about what happens next for the Cavs. A lotta ins, lotta outs, lotta what-have-you’s for LeBron James, Dan Gilbert and Koby Altman to ponder. Frankly, there’s just a lotta strands to keep in our heads, man… lotta strands like the draft… free agency… and the future of the team. Probably too many strands for the old Duder to keep straight… but maybe not…

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Putting Things In Perspective

2018-06-13

This past Thursday evening, my wife and I had the privilege of hearing the great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar speak at the State Theatre as part of Cleveland State University’s 2018 AHA! Festival. Abdul-Jabbar was there in part to promote his new book, Becoming Kareem, and was an engaging speaker who commanded the room on a highly enjoyable night. During his hour on stage, Abdul-Jabbar spoke on a variety of topics. He…

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